Click here to apply to the VCU Department of Nurse Anesthesia's entry to practice DNAP program.

Please select the Nurse Anesthesia- Entry to Practice program under the College of Health Professions when applying to the program.

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, entry to practice DNAP applicants must present the following minimum qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing or related science
  • Current, unencumbered licensure as a registered professional nurse in the U.S. or eligible to obtain a registered professional nursing license in Virginia (prior to completion of the third semester)
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (preferred)
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within five years of application
  • A minimum of one-year full-time work experience, or its part-time equivalent as a registered nurse in a critical care setting
  • Personal interview with members of the Admissions Committee (by invitation)
  • Three professional references, one of which must be from the immediate supervisor responsible for performance evaluations

All candidates must submit an online application to the VCU Graduate School. Beginning in 2017, the deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 14, 11:59 pm (EST) for matriculation in January of the following year. For example, the deadline for receipt of all application materials in order to be considered for entry in January 2020 is March 14, 2019, at 11:59 pm (EST).

Admissions Timeline

*Applications for Spring 2020 will open in early September, 2018

**Interview invitations will be sent on a rolling basis

  • Date for Receipt of all Application Material: March 14, 2019, 11:59 PM EST
  • Interview Notifications: April 2019
  • Interviews: April and May 2019
  • Admission Decisions: June 2019


Email or call (804) 828-9808.

International Students

Prospective international students are encouraged to review the VCU Global Education Office website ( or contact an Immigrations Advisor:
Virginia Commonwealth University Immigrations Advising
817 West Franklin Street, Room 221
Phone: (804) 828-0595

Prospective students should be aware that other countries, such as Canada, do not utilize Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in the same capacity as in the United States. Students who want to enroll in the program and wish to practice outside the United States are encouraged to research applicable laws and regulations prior to applying to the Nurse Anesthesia Program.

In addition to the university requirements for admission of international students, prospective students must address each of the following areas in order to enroll in the nurse anesthesia program:

1. Licensure

Students must have an active and valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state in which they plan to attend school. The Virginia Board of Nursing can be contacted at:
Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professions, Board of Nursing
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233-1463
Phone:(804) 367-4515
Fax:(804) 527-4455

2. Critical Care Nursing Experience

In order to meet the minimum requirements for admission, the applicant’s critical care nursing experience must be in a critical care area within the United States, its territories, or a U.S. military hospital outside of the United States, per the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.


Background Checks and Drug Testing

Following admission, successful completion of a criminal background check and drug testing will be required (at student expense) for participation in clinical education courses. Failure to pass one of these tests will prevent the student from successfully completing the clinical education requirements and, therefore, the program. In addition, before a student begins the program of study, it should be noted that a conviction of either a felony or misdemeanor (other than parking/speeding violations) is considered as part of the determination of eligibility for the National Certification Examination (“Ethical Concerns”) and may result in denial of licensure as a nurse practitioner in Virginia (and other states) required to practice as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.


General Information and Suggestions

Please be advised that all immigration, immunization, licensing, financial and personal issues need to be in order well before enrollment. The academic and clinical requirements of the program are very demanding and do not allow time to take care of these potentially complex matters.

For more information on financial aid, please contact the VCU Financial Aid Office:

Harris Hall
1015 Floyd Ave., 1st Floor
P.O. Box 843026
Richmond, VA 23284
Phone: (804) 828-6669